- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

OLD TOWN, Maine (AP) - The federal Environmental Protection Agency is giving Maine communities more than $7 million for the assessment and cleanup of brownfield sites.

Brownfields are former sites of industrial or commercial land where redevelopment is impeded by pollution or the possibility of pollution. The EPA is providing $7.34 million to help with brownfield sites around the state.

The largest grants will go to the Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission, which is getting $820,000 for a revolving loan fund and $300,000 for assessments.

Other communities receiving grants include Portland, Berwick, Old Town, Wilton and Gardiner. Regional planning and economic development districts and councils of government are also getting grants.

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